Friday, September 30, 2011

i can't believe all the fibre's there

i know. it doesn't have the same ring to it as i can't believe it's not butter, but that's the incredible thing about juicing in the thermomix. being the fibre sook i am, i was juicing the likes of oranges, pears, berries...nothing too tough, but on a trip to bankstown a couple of months ago, i bought some huge bethonga pineapples and decided to give pineapple juice a go, and boy am i glad i did - it's amazing. to me, bethonga pineapples seem really fibrous, but when juiced up in the thermomix, you'd never know it.

about half a large pinapple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
a little sugar, to taste (or not)
about 400 grams ice cubes

pop all this into the thermomix bowl and blitz away on speed 10 for a minute or so. pour into a jug.
pour about 500 grams of water into the thermomix bowl and blitz to self clean and add this to the jug of juice, if desired. can you tell i don't like to waste a thing?

you can't tell that there's any fibre in the juice at all - the juice isn't thick, and it's very clean tasting - quite different from the juice from a juice extractor...and all the fibre's still there - isn't that wonderful? you might think there's a lot of water in the juice, but that's not a bad thing - we need to drink more water, and this is a easy way to have it - don't want to overwork our pancreas, do we?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

20 ways to get good karma

this is by the dalai lama and i thought it would be something i'd like to have in the blog.

1.take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2.when you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3.follow the three R’s:
- respect for self,
- respect for others and
- responsibility for all your actions.
4.remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5.learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6.don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
7.when you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8.spend some time alone every day. your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10.remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12.a loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14.share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality. gentle with the earth.
16.once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17.remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18.judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
19.if you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
20.if you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


recently, i was asked about which cookbook was my favourite. my all out favourite is probably not the sensible person's choice, but i have a soft spot for the AWW quick mix cakes cookbook. baking a cake was one of those things i had always wanted to do well. whether it had anything to do with my mother not being able to bake, i don't know, but it was important to me. i wanted to be able to bake something for my children. you'd think that knowing how to cook a proper meal would be way ahead on the list, but no, cakes were by far, more important. i know i have my priorities right - i'm right there with marie antoinette when she said "let them eat cake", there's a woman who had her priorities straight! imagine the ball the two of us would have had on baking day!